Wednesday, February 18, 2009

My Review Policy

(Last updated 04.23.12)

Thank you so much for considering Melissa's Bookshelf for a review of your book and for checking this Policy to find out my preferences!

While I have been on a long blogging hiatus, I am slowly working my way back into the book blogosphere.  This time around, I will have to be more selective of the books I accept for review because I simply don't have the time that I used to.

Please understand that I am not able to respond to every review request.  I don't mind receiving mass emails and I do check my email regularly, but if I do not select your book for review, chances are good that you may not receive a response.  Thank you for your understanding!


If you are an author or publicist and would like me to write a review of my honest impressions of your book (favorable reviews are not guaranteed), I am happy to consider books in the following genres/formats:

   ~ Fiction
   ~ Young Adult
   ~ Paranormal
   ~ Historical Fiction
   ~ Christian Fiction
   ~ Historical Romance (clean reads only, please)
   ~ Sci-Fi/Fantasy
   ~ Mystery/Suspense
   ~ Self-published books
   ~ E-books (.epub format preferred, as I have a Nook & iPad)


I cannot guarantee a review of every book I accept/consider, though I strive to review as many as possible.  I will give every book a fair shot -- at least 50-100 pages.  Once I have accepted your book for review, unless there is specific date of participation in a Blog Tour, I will generally review your book within 4 to 6 months upon receipt.  My TBR pile is huge, like everyone else's, so I simply can't commit to reviewing it any sooner than that.  However, if the review title is an ARC, I try my best to post my review right around the release date, if at all possible.


I love to participate in giveaways, blog tours, and host author interviews at Melissa's Bookshelf!  For giveaways and interviews, unless they correspond with a Blog Tour, I am not likely to participate if I am not very familiar with the author or their works.


I do not accept or receive monetary compensation for the books I accept for review from authors and publicists.

At this time, there is no third-party advertising on Melissa's Bookshelf, but I reserve the right to become an affiliate with Amazon, Google, or another such entity and any compensation received would go back to maintenance of this blog.


As of April 2012, this site has had over 33,000 visitors and over 54,000 page views.  There are 419 posts with over a combined 3,900 comments.  Melissa's Bookshelf also has a Google Page Rank of 3, over 600 feed subscribers, and over 1,400 Twitter followers.


I sincerely appreciate every author and publicist who has sent me review books and included me in blog tours since I began my blog. I have had the opportunity to expand my reading horizons and have discovered many wonderful new authors while doing so.


If you would like to contact me, please send an email to mlb108[at]